Eulogy For a mermaid
Photographed by Jeff Berting
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With little more fanfare than a glass raised in the air, a Hermosa Beach icon shuttered for good in July. For those of us who work or play on the Hermosa Beach Pier, the Mermaid was more than a bar or restaurant. It was standing tradition.
The people pictured in those dusty photos on the walls got quite a show over the venue’s nearly 60-year history. In those vinyl booths and standing at the bar were a cast of characters worth a Eugene O’Neill play (with a salty dash of Melville and Steinbeck).
Soon those photos, the booths, the walls and the rest will be leveled for a new hotel project hoping to capitalize on that prime, beachfront access. Thus we drown our sorrows … in a glass filled by a bartender who won’t make you a scotch on the rocks even though you ordered a cosmo. We wish he would. That was classic Mermaid.
We asked a few local residents to compose their own eulogy to this lengendary watering hole—a fond farewell for a familiar friend. Cheers, Mermaid, and thanks for the memories.